Monthly Archives: December 2011

Enterobacter Sakazakii Infection Prompts Recall of Enfamil


A baby boy has died from a rare infection called Enterobacter Sakazakii – a rare bacterial infection of the bloodstream and central nervous systems in infants. The bacterium can be detected in the gut of healthy humans and in the gut … Continue reading

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What Is This Brain-Eating Amoeba?


You must have heard about 2 people dying from a Brain Eating Amoeba after not properly using their netti pots recently. Naegleria fowleri  infection, as it is also called Brain Eating Amoeba, can lead to PAM amebic meningoencephalitis, an infection … Continue reading

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Guidelines Revised For Whooping Cough Vaccine


The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have just revised the guidelines for the whooping cough vaccine in lieu of the recent outbreaks. The recommendations are for a single dose of Tdap to be given to health care workers of all … Continue reading

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Why The Pertussis Outbreak Now?


There has been an outbreak of pertussis known as whopping cough in California and other states this past year which was attributed to a number of different reasons. 1) Lack of vaccinations in certain areas of the country 2) Waning immunity to diphtheria … Continue reading

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A Very Rare Swine Flu Case in Minnesota


An H1N2 virus has sprung up in Minnesota and is common in pigs in the Upper Midwest, CBS local affiliate WCCO reported. The infant boy is only the second human ever to contact this rare strain of swine flu. This rare flu … Continue reading

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Did Grandma Say You’d Catch A Cold Outside?


Did your grandmother say you’d catch a cold outside? Grandma may have been wrong. Getting outdoors is a great idea when it’s rainy and cold, say experts in infectious diseases. The reason more people get sick in winter isn’t the weather conditions … Continue reading

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Do You Eat Cookie Dough?


Do you eat your cookie dough as you are making cookies? Many people do especially this time of year. A new report shows there may be some awful germs lurking in ready-to-bake cookie dough. Scientists concluded that raw, ready-to-bake cookie dough was … Continue reading

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